If youare building a 14 x 14 platform can you use 2 x 4's for the
joists, if the platform is sitting on a floor, and still put kitchen
appliances on it? Would putting the joists closer than 1 ft. help? The
floor boards may be 1 x 4?
On Fri, 16 Apr 2010 16:56:24 -0400, Jeff The Drunk wrote:
I think your solution is a little more expensive. ;-)
I'm doing something similar in my bonus room (FROG). I have no idea why the
builder did it, but the top of the garage rafters are ~9" below the second
story floor. A 2x3 nailed flat on the bottom of a 2x8 some quite close to
raising it to the right level.
If you're gonna use 2x4's as joists, then you'll need to make sure they
a. sitting flat on an existing floor or
b. supported (suppose you have to level it or something) every 2 feet or
so. i have done just this myself to make a level spot for a washer and
dryer in a kitchen owlcove, and used tapered door shims every foot or so
to support it. then i poured wood glue over each spot to make sure they
didn't work out from under there.
You are going to put an underlayment between the 2x4s and the finish
I would put the 2x4s perpendicular to the existing joist layout, then
the underlayment, then the finish flooring in any direction you want.
In this situation the 2x4's are just spacers. The load is stll caried
by the original floor underneath. The type and thickness of the
flooring material on top of the 2x4's determines the spacing between
Do you have any minimum ceiling height building code rules to be
concerned with? That could come back and bite you one day.
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